Grocery Delivery Digest

June 8, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

The findings of a study were released this week which showed that although more stores are opening up and restrictions are loosening, food delivery continues to thrive. When it comes to grocery delivery, the leg up these days has been the speed of delivery. That’s why it’s fascinating to see new players entering into the 15 minute delivery game. JOKR is the newest player in this game, now competing with Fridge No More and Gorillas in New York City.

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Issue #59

DoorDash, Uber Eats, Instacart Challenge Major E-Commerce Retailers

Third-party providers of on-demand food delivery — including DoorDash, Instacart and Uber Eats — stand to overtake some of the biggest U.S. retailers in e-commerce sales by 2025, Edge by Ascential’s Retail Insight research arm projects.


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Online Grocer Farmstead Expands "Refill & Save" Program to Local and CPG Brands Nationally

Farmstead, the first online grocer to offer fresh, high-quality groceries, delivered for free, at better prices than local supermarkets, announced today the national expansion of a Refill & Save program that it has been testing in the San Francisco Bay area.


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JOKR Joins the Speedy Grocery Delivery Fray in NYC

New York City, which already has Fridge No More and Gorillas, can now add JOKR, which launched today, to its roster of super fast on-demand grocery delivery service.


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The Instant Delivery Race Heats Up Further

Former Walmart e-commerce manager Zachary Dennett talks about his new gig leading U.S. operations for Jokr, which has launched 15-minute delivery in New York City.


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Instacart Bets on Robots To Shrink Ranks of 500,000 Gig Shoppers

Instacart Inc. has an audacious plan to replace its army of gig shoppers with robots—part of a long-term strategy to cut costs and put its relationship with supermarket chains on a sustainable footing.


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ButcherBox Launches Instacart Storefront

Online meat seller ButcherBox has launched an online storefront on Instacart, the companies announced in a press release on Friday. Shoppers in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston and Miami areas will have access first before the service expands to other metros this summer.


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Delivery Firm Getir To Expand into US After $550m Funding Round

The fast-track grocery delivery firm Getir is set to expand into the US, France and Germany after raising more than $550m in a funding round that values the Turkish company at more than $7.5bn.


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Grocery Delivery Startup Hungryroot Boosts Value to $750 Million

Hungryroot, a startup offering personalized grocery delivery, completed a funding round that brings its valuation to about $750 million, according to a person familiar with the matter, as interest in online food shopping remains elevated during the pandemic.


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Kroger To Begin First Drone Deliveries in Southwest Ohio This Week

Kroger will launch its first autonomous drone delivery from a Centerville store this week using technology based locally in Monroe.


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Food and Grocery Delivery Apps Continue To Soar as Lockdown Eases

Despite lockdown restrictions being lifted worldwide, food and grocery delivery app use is still on the rise, according to new research.


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It’s Hard Work To Make Ordering Groceries Online So Easy

The technology needed to fulfill orders is costly for stores, and the workers who pick items off the shelves often feel the pressure of being tracked.


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Organic Garage Expands Reach with North America’s Largest Online Delivery Platform Instacart

Thanks to the deal with Instacart, Organic Garage has extended its delivery range and online delivery availability to over 2.11 million households in the Ontario marke.


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Longo’s Reimagines Retail with the Cloud

Longo’s, a family-operated Canadian grocer that started in 1956 by three brothers, has grown to operate 36 stores in communities across Toronto and the GTA, as well as Grocery Gateway, a leader in online sales of home-delivered groceries.


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The Deliveroo Killers: Start-Ups Vying for Slice of Online Food Delivery Market

Investors have been keen to pump money into the sector following a rapid surge in delivery demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, this new wave of start-ups faces pressure from established players in the takeaway market – such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats – which have grown with retail partnerships.


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‘Unprecedented Interest’: How Weezy Is Navigating the Red-Hot Grocery Delivery Market

When Alec Dent and Kristof Van Beveren were setting up Weezy, an on-demand grocery delivery start-up, the two worked a few Deliveroo shifts "just to see how it works."


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Flink, the German Grocery Delivery Startup, Raises $240M after Launching Just 6 Months Ago

On-demand grocery delivery, which really came into its own with the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, continues to command huge attention from investors. The jury is still out on how people will use those services in the longer term, but in the meantime, the most ambitious of the startups in the field are raising big.


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